Chosun “Listen to the personnel issues pointed out” in response to the declining approval rating of President Yoon

President Yoon Seok-yeol’s approval rating has fallen for the third week in a row. In a poll conducted by Gallup Korea on 1,000 people over the age of 18 for three days from the 28th to the 30th of last month, 43% of them positively evaluated their job performance and 42% of them negatively evaluated their job performance. This is a 10 percentage point drop from the positive evaluation at the beginning of last month. As a result of the survey, the item that public opinion evaluated as ‘President Yoon was the worst’ was ‘greeting’.

On the 4th, Chosun Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo, and Kookmin Ilbo published editorials and warned that President Yun Seok-yeol’s approval rating was declining. The Chosun Ilbo pointed out personnel issues, such as the appointment of candidates for the Minister of Education, the candidates for the Minister of Health and Welfare, and the appointment of persons from the prosecution to major positions, and the JoongAng Ilbo analyzed the personnel issue and the suspicion of ‘sex payment’ by party leader Lee Jun-seok. The Kookmin Ilbo also pointed out personnel issues and the image of arbitrary state management.

▲ Front page of the morning newspapers on the 4th.

Chosun and central “Listen to the personnel issues pointed out” in response to the declining approval rating of President Yoon

The Hankyoreh, which is continuously reporting allegations of sexual abuse by Park Soon-ae, a candidate for education minister, to a student while serving as the director of the Seoul National University Public Performance Management Research Center, said in an article on the front page, “(Candidate Park) denied ‘the suspicion of sexual abuse’ while in office and told a senior researcher who was a disciple. He gave an explanation of shifting responsibility, but there was a testimonial that this was also not true. This is getting even higher.”

The Hankyoreh said, “There are voices in the education community that as the Minister of Education responsible for clearing the ‘gapjil culture’ of the professor society, candidate Park, who is a party to the education industry, is very inappropriate. Contrary to the strong ‘fallen horse’ trend for Minister of Health and Welfare candidate Kim Seung-hee, who started, the atmosphere is that candidate Park must hear his position through a personnel hearing after forming the National Assembly.”

▲ One page of the Hankyoreh on the 4th.
▲ One page of the Hankyoreh on the 4th.

Regarding this situation, JoongAng Ilbo said in an editorial, “Recently, Park Soon-ae, who was selected to correct the bias in the so-called ‘Seo-oh-nam’ (Seoul National University, 50-year-old male), and Kim Seung-hee, a candidate for Minister of Health and Welfare, were also pressured to resign amid controversy over their qualifications. In particular, it was revealed that candidate Kim was even asked to investigate by the National Election Commission on charges of violating the Political Fund Act. It is deplorable that he is even being accused of using political funds to purchase a rental car while he was in his 20s as a member of the National Assembly. After the controversy over drunk driving and re-publishing his thesis, Park also raised suspicions that he had sent research assistants on private errands,” he pointed out.

The JoongAng Ilbo continued, “The power of the people is also in a difficult situation. Throughout the month, he has been engrossed in the power struggle, using the suspicion of ‘sexual abuse’ by party leader Lee Jun-seok and the ‘teacher of destroying evidence’ involved in the political affairs office of the party leader. Without finding the substantive truth and discussing constructive solutions, there are only political calculations that say, “I cannot go with Lee” and “If we discipline Lee, men in their 2030s will withdraw their support.” I can’t help but ask if I’ve forgotten the days of the Grand National Party, which collapsed due to the pro-Lee-Park conflict.”

The JoongAng Ilbo said, “Of course, there is no need to worry too much about the approval rating. However, in this case, you have to be nervous in that it was not dropped while working. I hope that both President Yoon and the power of the people have a sense of crisis and make an effort to correct the problems in the past. The warning lights are already on,” he warned.

▲ Chosun Ilbo editorial on the 4th.
▲ Chosun Ilbo editorial on the 4th.
▲The 4th JoongAng Ilbo editorial.
▲The 4th JoongAng Ilbo editorial.

In an editorial in the Chosun Ilbo, “President Yoon is currently struggling with declining approval ratings. The so-called ‘dead cross’, in which the positive evaluation is lower than the negative evaluation, is also following. Although there are differences between the surveys, the most common reason respondents cited as ‘wrong’ was ‘personnel matters’. He said, “I have nominated a candidate for the minister, but the two have not been able to properly resolve the suspicions raised.”

The Chosun Ilbo continued, “The two men can be appointed by the president at any time without a hearing as the deadline for requesting retransmission of the personnel hearing report has expired on the 29th of last month. The presidential office said that the appointment will not be enforced for the time being, but it is in a position to go until the hearing. However, a situation in which the completion of the cabinet is delayed and the power of government is shrunk is by no means desirable. “President Yoon should listen to the public opinion that personnel matters the most,” he advised.

Economic newspapers and conservative media criticize the labor ‘Hatu’

On the 2nd, the National Federation of Trade Unions (KCTU) held a large-scale rally with 60,000 people participating in downtown areas such as Gwanghwamun, City Hall, and Yongsan in Seoul and in front of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Geoje, Gyeongnam. This is the first large-scale rally led by the Korean Federation of Trade Unions (KCTU) under the Yoon Seok-Yeol administration. President Yoon is considering the flexible 52-hour system and revision of the Severe Accident Punishment Act, which the business community has been demanding.

The first page of the Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 4th and the 8th page of the Chosun Ilbo, which dealt with the news of the KCTU’s weekend rally, were different. It was reported that the labor community held a large-scale rally against the Yun government, which is implementing a pro-business policy on the high prices, while the Chosun Ilbo expressed that the KCTU was putting pressure on the Yun government with a large-scale rally. Economic journals went a step further and criticized the labor community for thinking only of their own interests. The Korean economy even published an editorial titled “Is the Confederation of Trade Unions insane?”

▲ 3 pages of the Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 4th.
▲ 3 pages of the Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 4th.
▲ Front page of the Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 4th.
▲ Front page of the Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 4th.

In an article on the front page of the Kyunghyang Shinmun, “The struggle against the government began in earnest in the second half of the year, starting with a large-scale rally urging the labor community to come up with measures for people’s livelihood amid skyrocketing prices. As the government overtly refrains from raising wages and shows a regression in policies related to major disasters, there is a forecast that the conflict between the two sides will intensify,” the report said.

In an article on page 3 of the Kyunghyang Shinmun, “The controversy over the determination of the minimum wage for next year and the proposal of amendments to the Severe Disaster Act is expected to become a hot topic of discussion. Regarding the minimum wage for next year, which was set at 9,620 won per hour (a 5.0% increase), the labor community protests that it is ‘a decrease in the real wage considering the daily rise in prices’. In addition, as the government announced that it would revise the enforcement ordinance of the Serious Disaster Act, and the ruling party, the People’s Power, proposed an amendment to the law and expressed its intention to promote it as a party argument, the labor community sees it as an ‘attempt to neutralize the Serious Disaster Act’.

On the other hand, the Chosun Ilbo, in an article on page 8, said, “Even if we consider that large-scale assemblies have been difficult from 2020 to recently due to the corona virus, there has been no rally of this size during the Moon administration, which was friendly to the labor community. The Confederation of Trade Unions seems to have chosen the path of hard-line struggle early when the Yoon administration began to reform labor. The current executive branch is classified as a hardline force even within the KCTU.”

▲The 4th, Chosun Ilbo, page 8.
▲The 4th, Chosun Ilbo, page 8.

The Chosun Ilbo continued, “The Confederation of Trade Unions is already exercising its skills in various places. Last month, members of the Metal Workers’ Union at the Hankook Tire plant in Daejeon stopped the operation of molding equipment for light trucks without permission. The union of Hyundai Steel has been occupied for two months in the Dangjin Steel Works president’s office since early May, demanding special incentives,” the report also reported.

The Korean economy said in an editorial, “It was a large-scale rally, which is rare these days, of course, after the inauguration of the Yun Seok-yeol government. Concerned about violence like in the past, the court allowed it with various conditions, but it could not prevent the inconvenience of citizens due to extreme traffic congestion and loudspeaker noise.”

▲ Korea Economy editorial on the 4th.
Korea Economy editorial on the 4th.

The Korean economy continued, “This behavior of the KCTU is also partly because it has been confirmed that the ‘swarm law’ works in the new government. The reason was that the government accepted the request for solidarity of cargo, an individual entrepreneur group, as if it were a demand for workers on strike. The head of the Cargo Coalition said, “A bill to expand the safe fare system was proposed at the meeting the day before, even after getting the concession to extend the safe fare system. The struggle starts now,’ he shouted. He even threatened the government by saying, ‘If the government and the ruling party violate the spirit of the labor-government agreement, they will go on a general strike without mercy,'” he wrote.

The Korean economy said, “This kind of behavior is not something of yesterday and today, but now I am getting sick of it. To allow our economy to be swayed by this kind of union is nothing but neglect of the government’s duties. We must establish and adhere to the principle of stern response to illegal strikes and assemblies,” he said.

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